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text 2016-12-30 07:14
Favorite books of 2016 part 1
The Deal - Elle Kennedy
Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon
44 Chapters About 4 Men: A Memoir - BB Easton
Pucked - Helena Hunting
Mud Vein - Tarryn Fisher
Clockwork Princess - Cassandra Clare
We Are The Ants - Shaun David Hutchinson
orange - Ichigo Takano
Because You'll Never Meet Me - Leah Thomas
The Raven Boys - Maggie Stiefvater
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review 2016-10-21 12:55
Clockwork Princess Review
Clockwork Princess - Cassandra Clare

Sunday morning

No one tells you how you should write your reviews. They shouldn’t. It should be in your voice and be in your words. It should be what you thought of a book. For this review, I started it probably (I’m not sure, check my Goodreads) a month ago in my lounge. It’s a Sunday morning and I started this before writing my book.


Read in a week

I am reading most mornings, Monday to Friday. Occasionally, I’ll read on Saturday or Sunday when I’m not distracted by my writing or hanging with my girlfriend. For this book, I believe I read it in a week. I’d read the previous two books in the prequel series and the entire Mortal Instruments series. So, it’s not just a one off.


No spoiler

I’m not going to spoil this book for anyone. My reviews will tell a story. How I felt. What I was doing. Where I was. I will give each book a rating from five. Unfortunately, due to the limited programming of the plugin I’m using, you can only see whole numbers. I’ll round to the nearest number.


Mortal Instruments tie in

As for the book, Clockwork Princess, it links the Infernal Devices to the Mortal Instruments series. We learn from the characters, Jem and Tessa, that they are in fact characters in the Mortal Instruments. I already guessed this from the first book in this prequel as I recognised the name Tessa instantly and guessed who Jem was.


Emotionally Satisfying

Cassandra Clare must’ve done a lot of planning to create this series. I’m not going to point out the holes I saw. Many other people have already done that. What I will say is that, emotionally, this series closes the loose ends nicely and can make you feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside. This is what an author and a reader want. Closure.


The history

It does feel like some of the characters, such as Mortmain, were tacked on to this series. It feels as though they weren’t thought of in the Mortal Instruments (which is probably true) because there are no mentions of this history (and there would be) in the Mortal Instruments series. That’s one of the reasons why this book is rated lower.


Teenage lust

I suppose, I should add that I’m not a teenage girl. I just found the love triangle repetitive from the Mortal Instruments. The fact that I felt like most of this book was about settling who gets who also lowered the rating. I like the world Cassandra Clare created, but not the characters.



In summary, it’s a good book. That’s why it gets three stars. I would recommend this series to those who liked the Mortal Instruments series. It follows a similar pattern with (kind of) similar characters and circumstances.

Source: www.amaitken.com/book-review/clockwork-princess-review
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-10-17 00:00
Clockwork Princess
Clockwork Princess - Cassandra Clare 3 1/2 stars

I loved the character development of Henry and Charlotte. Their realization that they both loved the other, but they both believed that the other one had married them for convenience. I loved that.

I was disappointed with Jessamyn's death. I was hoping for character development from her, but I suppose we may get it yet in the other Mortal Instruments books since she came back as a ghost. Speaking of ghosts, we were told at the beginning of the trilogy that Will could see ghosts without their appearing to him, but we never had an explanation as to why that was.

I was not fond of Will and Tessa's reactions to Jem's death. It was not normal, and it felt forced. They both cared so much for Jem, that it just doesn't make sense for them to immediately have had sex. When a person's fiancé dies, the first thing they would do would be to mourn. Eventually Tessa and Will could have gotten past the grief, admitted their feelings and gotten married, but it felt really disrespectful to have them have sex so soon after learning of Jem's death. I can't decide if I liked the ending. I am glad that Tessa and Will lived a happy life, and I'm glad that Jem and Tessa will get their chance now, but it seemed too easy for Tessa to get both Will and Jem in her lifetime. Not to mention that eventually, Jem will die and Tessa will resort to the solitary life she had been living since Will's death. I suppose Jem's telling her about the story that took place in the first three books of the Mortal Instruments series indicates that the two of them will appear in the rest of the series, and that does make me happy.

I was surprised that Jem was able to leave the Silent Brothers. For two reasons. The first is that he now knows a lot of their secrets. He is probably the only Nephilim to ever enter the Silent Brothers and then leave them. He's probably the only Nephilim to enter the Silent Brothers for no reason but to extend his life until a cure for his illness could be found. The second is that most of the Silent Brothers were killed by Valentine and the few who are left would probably be less than thrilled about one of the ones who survived just leaving like that.

I enjoyed this book, and this series, but I did not think the plot was as concrete as the first three books of the Mortal Instruments. It may have been slightly less predictable then the Mortal Instruments, but it was also weaker. While some of the supporting characters were excellent, particularly Jem, Charlotte and Henry, the other characters were not any better than the Mortal Instruments.
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review 2016-10-04 00:00
Clockwork Princess
Clockwork Princess - Cassandra Clare So I reviewed Clockwork Angel and talked about how I despised Will for being a jerk and for being a Jace clone. But by the end of this series I was proven wrong on the jerk account (he is still a Jace clone though). It has been a very long time since a book made me cry, but this book made me cry. Not "teary" but full out weeping. This book is amazing despite the characters being clones and has revelations and emotion and action. I just really have issues with Cassandra Clare and the issues that surround her and her unwillingness to address them in any mature fashion. She also seems to just re-write the same characters. She gives them different names and faces but the same personalities. So for this reason, I couldn't bring myself to give that extra star. With that said James "Jem" Carstairs will probably remain one of my favorite Characters of all time.
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review 2016-05-14 03:24
Best way to wrap up series
Clockwork Princess - Cassandra Clare

Fantastic just fantastic. Nothing too anguish and still I cried loads. Love it.

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